Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Monday said Khaleda Zia will have to return to jail if the government revokes six-month suspension of Khaleda Zia’s jail sentence.
“Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) should remain thankful to the government for yet another six-month suspension of Khaleda Zia’s jail sentence under an official order. If the order is revoked tomorrow, Khaleda Zia will have to return to jail immediately,” he said.
The minister came up with the remark as BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir alleged that the government is afraid of freeing Khaleda from jail.
The minister said BNP should rather thank the government for suspension of her sentence for another six months.
“BNP chairperson was not released on bail or freed by any order of the court. Khaleda Zia is out of prison because the prime minister suspended her sentence by exercising power given by the law,” he said.
Hasan also brushed aside another BNP leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain’s recent call for the people to take to the streets demanding that the next national election should be held under a neutral caretaker government.
“The next election will be held in line with the Constitution which does not provide for any caretaker government,” he said.
The election-time government, Hasan said, cannot transfer a single police constable after announcement of the polls schedule.
He said BNP’s demand for a caretaker government has no constitutional basis and so it will fail to get any response from the people like it happened in the past 12 and a half years.
President of Bangladesh Secretariat Reporters Forum Tapan Biswas and General Secretary Masudul Haque and other leaders of the forum were present at function.